Incontinence is a common problem in older adults; however, you can manage it with the right care and treatment. At Waltham Clinic in San Diego, California, the team develops personalized plans to treat urinary and bowel incontinence. The primary care practice cares for older adults in assisted-living communities in San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, and Riverside, California, and provides bedside consultations, as well as telemedicine appointments.
Incontinence means loss of control over the contents of your bladder or bowel.
Urinary continence, or bladder incontinence, occurs when you accidentally leak urine. The amount of urine leakage may range from a small dribble to the entire contents of your bladder.
Like urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence occurs when you accidentally pass stool.
Urinary incontinence is a symptom with many possible causes, ranging from an acute illness to a chronic health condition. Common conditions causing urine leakage may include:
Chronic medical conditions that affect your physical ability to get to the bathroom on time, such as arthritis or chronic pain, may also cause urinary incontinence.
You may develop bowel incontinence from any number of conditions. Common causes include:
Bowel incontinence may also occur in people experiencing stress due to a change in their environment or living situation.
You can expect a patient-focused and compassionate evaluation for your incontinence from the team at Waltham Clinic. They take a holistic approach to care, evaluating your whole health, not just your incontinence.
During your exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your incontinence, including type, frequency, and triggers, if known. They also review your medical history, bathroom habits, and the types of medications and supplements you take.
Your provider performs a physical and may run lab work or conduct diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a medical condition that may explain your incontinence. The team also talks to your family and caregivers to fully understand your health needs.
The team conducts consultation at your home or virtually through their telemedicine service.
The health experts at Waltham Clinic develop individualized treatment plans for incontinence based on type, underlying cause, the severity of symptoms, functional impairments, and personal preferences.
Treatment for bowel or bladder incontinence may include:
The team also educates your family and the staff at your assisted-living facility about your treatment plan and how they can help.
To schedule an incontinence evaluation, contact Waltham Clinic today.